The Crucible and Fear Essay

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Kenneth Mejia1/19/15 English 11Ms. Zapulla Salem, Massachusetts, 1692, has been legendary for how it showcased the overwhelming power of fear. And how people, when threatened will act irrationally based on frenzied panics for self preservation. Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” based on the events of Salem showcases this dilemma through the characters of Mary Warren, Elizabeth Proctor, Parris in how their honest intentions devolved into wild accusations. Mary Warren, a servant of the Proctor family revealed how fear easily takes over a person’s psyche. After realizing that Abigail sought to completely destroy Proctor’s marriage and name, she became terrified of her. Wishing to keep to her faith, she attempted to stay out of the issue, but was threatened by Proctor to give false testimony. Completely scared of what would happen to her, she lies to the court despite her faith. “I cannot lie no more, I am with God, I am with God” showcasing the infectious nature of fear. Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor’s wife had her faith shattered too as it was compromised in a futile attempt to save her husband. “John, you are not open with me. You saw her with a crowd, you said” John committed lechery with Abigail, the latter threatening to take her place by killing her. Instead of following her beliefs of punishing sinners, she falters and is horrified of the likelihood that her husband might die. In the Salem Court, she lies about Proctor in a chance to help him only to realize her reputation of honesty is what doomed him showing how fear crippled a good family’s foundation with tragedy. Reverend Parris was a well respected man throughout Salem. He was wealthy, took part in the politics of the village, however he was always trepidatious so as not to possibly endanger his name as enemies he made increasing his power within the town would attack him.”But if you trafficked with
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